The hottest new trend among older, suddenly moderate Republicans is to write a thinkpiece somewhere criticizing their presumptive party nominee and therefore throwing an either tacit or implicit endorsement the way of Hillary Clinton.
Here's are some highlights from the latest in that canon:
I’m not the first Republican to say Trump is a phony and should not be president, and I expect there will be many more to come. But as a former chief executive and treasury secretary, I hope to bring an additional perspective to the discussion.
Let’s start by talking about his business acumen. When Trump assures us he’ll do for the United States what he’s done for his businesses, that’s not a promise — it’s a threat. The tactics he has used in running his business wouldn’t work in running a truly successful company, let alone the most powerful nation on Earth.
Now is the time for a bipartisan approach to policy solutions that address our most difficult domestic problems. This requires a president who exhibits an ability to compromise — and basic civility — neither of which Trump displays.
Simply put, a Trump presidency is unthinkable.
Boom goes the dynamite!
This is the kind of thing that Camp Hillary goes gaga for, a prominent GOPer sh!tting all over El Trumpo and proclaiming him unfit for the Oval Office. This shows voters (who read WaPo and are almost certainly voting for her already) that Trump is just a distraction and should shut up so the adults can talk. Like about trade:
We need to welcome rather than shrink from trade and economic competition. Trump calls our current trade deals “disgusting, the absolute worst ever negotiated by any country in the world.” This is simply false. According to the Peterson Institute for International Economics , the average American household income is roughly $10,000 higher because of the postwar expansion of trade. Because of trade, we add jobs and foster innovation and competitiveness. That doesn’t mean that people aren’t losing jobs and suffering in certain industries. However, it is wrong to tell the American people that we can turn back the clock and win, with merely 4 percent of the world’s population, by walling ourselves off from the remaining 7 billion people and the markets they represent. Instead, we need to fix the programs that help U.S. industries and workers transition to new and better jobs. We need better training, new education programs and a more robust safety net. The policies Trump endorses would destroy, not save, U.S. jobs.
Wow, this guy sounds smart! But is this one of those implied endorsements or is he going to say her name?
When it comes to the presidency, I will not vote for Donald Trump. I will not cast a write-in vote. I’ll be voting for Hillary Clinton, with the hope that she can bring Americans together to do the things necessary to strengthen our economy, our environment and our place in the world. To my Republican friends: I know I’m not alone.
Sure, it's clear that he typed this with one hand while the other held his nose, but he did it. He crossed the Rubicon and said the damn thing. This is what Hillary lives for these days, a non-Elizabeth Warren type giving her the kind of tepid endorsement that Warren types are giving her lately.
Who is this masked republican? Hillary wants a name to put on the quotes that she prints up at placards and holds up at her next rally. Because this stuff is GOLD!
Henry M. Paulson Jr. is chairman of the Paulson Institute and a former U.S. treasury secretary and chief executive of Goldman Sachs.
That sound you hear is Hillary burning every one of those placards and demanding that her staff destroy every copy of the The Post before never, f@cking ever mentioning this again.